Looking back on the slide rule from this post, I also remembered that I did use a computer in high school. In Grade 9. Our school had an agreement with the Illinois Institute of Technology for timesharing services. I learned my first computer language that year. IITRAN. The only access to the Illinois timesharing computer was through a single Bell teletype machine in one of the classrooms, a TWX-35. Also known as an ASR 35 Teletype. Similar to the one pictured below although we had a built-in rotary dial telephone on the right side.
I created software programs on long lengths of yellow paper tape with punched holes. After login, I would bring up the compiler, stream the paper tape, and wait for the output to be printed on the teletype. And, whenever I could grab time on the TWX-35, I would play a game. The very first computer game I ever played.Â A moon landing simulation. Captured and presented on a typewriter style printhead no less.
Ah, yes. Those were the days.